Thursday, December 27, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė congratulated the laureates of the Global Lithuanian Awards. The award ceremony that was held for the first time ever in our country honored representatives of Lithuanian science, business, art and culture, their professional accomplishments and contribution to promoting the name of Lithuania.
"Your success stories are the acknowledgement of entire Lithuania. Thanks to your prudence and creativity we are building the global Lithuania of the 21st century, uniting Lithuanians all around the world, their ideas and works," said the President addressing the nominees of the Global Lithuanian Awards.
Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that Lithuanians had created and left their vestige in the histories of a number of other countries, while the names of well-known Lithuanians are written in annals of the most famous universities in the world. According to the President, only through preserving our open-minded traditions can we be visible globally and adopt best practices.
48 candidates from 18 countries were proposed for these awards the solemn ceremony of which took place at the Presidential Palace. The nominees were elected in the following categories: business and management, science and technology, art and culture, and life time achievements. This year, the awards were bestowed on such famous people as Birutė Galdikas, Ilja Laursas, Antanas Mockus, Ray Bartkus, Jonas Mekas and others.